Ebonyi State Government yesterday banned the arrival of cattle into the state by herdsmen. Governor David Umahi told newsmen that the decision to stop cattle rearing in the state was because
there is tension in the state over the recent activities of herdsmen in the country.
He made this known during a meeting with security chiefs in the state at the state Police Command. He further stated plans to implement laws that would restrict movement of cattles and other animals such as goats and sheep.
Umahi added that those who have been resident in the state for years as cattle rearers should henceforth pen their cows, and made it clear that nomadic rearing has become illegal in the state.
The number one citizen of Ebonyi added that it has been observed that the herdsmen who move their cattle from place to place were the ones posing security threat and not their innocent Hausa/Fulani brothers who have settled in the state for years.
He said as the chief security officer of the state, he was concerned about the life of every Nigerian living within and outside the state and had the duty to always strive to protect it including lives of those who are not Nigerians. He said there was need to nip the situation in the bud to prevent an escalation. “Every state must put in place what will guarantee peace for both indigenes and non indigenes. I want security agencies to take note because there is high tension now in Ebonyi state”, Gov Umahi said.
Leaders of the Hausa community in the South East region attended the meeting.
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